At Our Lady of Malibu we expect every current family to give annually at a level that is comfortable. We ask that you consider a donation of at least $1000 per student, however we understand that not all families will be able to participate at that level. No gift is too small. Achieving 100% participation in our campaign makes it clear to potential donors outside of our school that we all support the success of OLM.
As with most independent schools, Our Lady of Malibu relies on income beyond tuition to fully support its students and programs. Annual Fund gifts are used during the school year as unrestricted funds to invest in our students and programs. Support of this fundraising initiative is the most crucial part of the OLM fundraising activities, and your contribution has a direct and immediate impact on the school.
If you are wondering why we don’t simply increase tuition it is because we employ the Independent School Financial Model used by most private schools. The amount of tuition necessary to completely fund all that OLM offers to each studentwould increase the cost of an OLM education and restrict the number and types of families who could afford to attend. We believe that our model encourages a diversity of students and allows families to give based on their ability.
Donations to the Annual Fund have the added benefit of being tax deductible where tuition is not.
The model of giving to an Annual Fund instead of giving to specific programs or initiatives helps ensure that we can best support all of the programs that benefit all of our students. A contribution that benefits all students is consistent with the values that we strive to instill in students at OLM.
Families may also be asked periodically to make a gift to a capital campaign for facility improvements. These are infrequent campaignsbut are occasionally necessary to fund improvements in our facilities and networks.